David M. LaPorta, DPM
Location and Office HoursShore Gastroenterology Associates
60 SR 36
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
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What causes hallux rigidus?
Hallux rigidus is a progressive condition that affects the base of the big toe, making it difficult to bend the toe up or down. When cartilage wears down in the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, the raw bone ends can rub together. As a result, a bone spur may develop and prevent the toe from bending as much as it needs. The condition can result from many factors, including differences in foot anatomy that increase the stress on the joint, fallen arches, rheumatoid arthritis, and past injuries that may have damaged the articular cartilage.
How are Achilles tendon problems diagnosed?
Healthwise answeredMost doctors diagnose an Achilles tendon problem through a medical history and physical exam. This includes checking for tenderness, watching how you walk and stand and comparing the range of motion of your two legs.
Other tests may be done to clarify a diagnosis or to prepare for surgery. These tests include:
- Ultrasound. It may be used to check whether there is a rupture of the tendon or signs of tendinopathy.
- X-rays, to check the heel bone.
- MRI scan to check the tendon for signs of tendinopathy or a tendon rupture. An MRI is also used to evaluate the heel bone.
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How should I treat a grade 1 ankle sprain?
To treat a grade 1 ankle sprain, rest your ankle by not walking on it. Apply ice for 20-30 minutes, two to three times a day. Compression wraps will immobilize and support the injured ankle. Elevate your ankle above your heart. (This answer provided for NATA by the Weber State University Athletic Training Education Program.)
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